Christina Castorena, MS, LMFT, has been working professionally with children and families throughout the Greater Los Angeles area since 2005. Christina loves being a therapist and values the deep therapeutic connections that she makes in each and every session.
Christina grew up in Diamond Bar, CA where she started a side profession as a Deejay at the age of 12 years old for her junior high dance. She assisted her father, Jesse the Entertainer, with hundreds of parties and events. Since then, she has been a DJ and MC for many more weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations under the name DJ Legacy.
Christina has combined her skills in music, entertainment and bringing communities together with her role as a therapist. Christina got licensed in marriage and family therapy and spent 10 years in community mental health in the nonprofit sector.
At Maryvale in Rosemead, she counseled high-risk youth living within the level 12 treatment facility. At Foothill Family in West Covina, she served as a group supervisor to therapists, counseled hundreds of families, and worked closely with psychologists, principals and other school officials to collaborate on treatment plans for children.
Christina started her private practice, Castorena Therapeutic Services, Inc., in 2016. There, Christina uses her certifications in TF-CBT, PCIT, MAP, and Seeking Safety to assist children, families, individuals and couples.
She keeps an active blog on her website, castorenatherapeutic.com, where she provides tips for parents and helps explain the various types of treatments available through therapy. An avid reader, she also has a wide breadth of book recommendations tied to topics such as anxiety, ADHD, relationships, mourning, parenting and leadership.
Christina loves volunteering for networking events and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee for LA-CAMFT. Christina was also on the committee that organized and ran the successful 2017 LA-CAMFT picnic.
As an active member of LA-CAMFT, Christina hopes to continue her involvement with the diversity committee to increase outreach efforts for therapists working in community mental health. Having worked in that sector herself, she’s familiar with the misconception that the resources provided by LA-CAMFT are only intended for those working in private practice. Spreading awareness of the incredible value this organization brings will ensure that all therapists in Los Angeles have the emotional and professional support they need to succeed.
In 2018, Christina will be release a book entitled, It’s Not About the Squirrel: A Therapist’s Guide to Getting Through Tough Times. Christina will describe a deeply emotional experience she had at one of her first jobs as a therapist and share the mantra that she created that fuels her counseling work to this day
Christina Castorena, MS, LMFT, has an office location in Studio City. Christina is passionate about helping other therapists succeed and values the trust that her clients give her, especially as they bare their souls during some of the toughest times of their lives. Christina may be contacted at castorenatherapeutic.com or 818.514.5655.